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Book Presentation on New York’s Irish and Italians, November 6

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Italian Studies lectureAs part of the Dr. Joseph Tromba Lecture Series, the Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University will host a book presentation with author Paul Moses, Professor of Journalism at Brooklyn College and former Newsday reporter and editor. He will discuss his book, An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish and Italians on Sunday, November 6, at 2:30 pm in the Center for Italian Studies, Melville Library, Room E4340.

When Italian immigrants first began arriving in large numbers in New York late in the 19th century, they soon found that their local police officer, pastor, teacher, foreman and elected official were most likely all Irish. Decades of animosity followed. And then, in the decades after World War II, the Irish and Italians married each other on a large scale, turning rivalry into romance.

Books will be available for purchase and autographing by the author. All are invited; this event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call the Center for Italian Studies at (631) 632-7444.

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